Three Countries, One Love

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Jessica Band and Jonathan Gerafi in northern Israel


In September 2011, WUJS Israel participants Jessica Band, 26, and Jonathan Gerafi, 28, lived in the same city, in the same building, just one floor apart. Yet, they never spoke to one another during their first month in Tel Aviv. A month later, their friends went out on the town and the two strangers, who both happened to stay in for the night, met by chance and have been together ever since.



Lost and Found in Israel: A Love Story

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Benjamin Winik and Samantha Sisisky in Tel Aviv


Just weeks into her Masa Israel Journey, Samantha Sisisky, 25, found herself lost in a new city in a new country. Little did she know she was about to find her future husband, Ben Winik, 24.



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Arutz Sheva: Jewish Agency Delegation Visits Paris Jewish Community

Arutz Sheva: Jewish Agency Delegation Visits Paris Jewish Community

February 9, 2015

Last week, members of Jewish Agency For Israel Board of Governors travelled to Paris to show their solidarity with the local Jewish community and to assess the community's needs in the wake of last month's terror attacks. While in Paris, the group met with numerous French Jewish community leaders.

"Speaking to the group, community leaders praised The Jewish Agency's work in France and asked that it be expanded even further. 'Masa is the strongest way to keep our young people connected to Israel and being Jewish,' said Keren Hayesod France President Richard Prasquier, referring to Masa Israel Journey, a partnership between The Jewish Agency and the Government of Israel that brings thousands of Jewish young people from around the world to experience life in Israel each year."


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Jewish Disability Awareness Month: Raise awareness, foster inclusion, intern in Israel

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In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Masa Israel Journey is joining the global Jewish community in raising awarness and fostering inclusion for those with disabilities and special needs. As this work goes far beyond the 28 days of the month of February, we're bringing you the top 3 internships in Israel through which you can help raise awareness and foster inclusion:


1. Teaching Assistant, MICHA - Society for Deaf Children 



MITF Youth Village- Maase Olam

Program Description

Israel's youth village system is a culturally distinct approach to providing healthy learning environments for Israeli youth at risk and new immigrants between the ages of 12-18.

Israeli teens might choose to live and study in these agricultural communities for a variety of reasons: their family might be impoverished and unable to adequately care for them, they might have immigrated to Israel alone, they might have had a difficult time with social integration at their former schools, or they might simply be interested in the community values that the youth village embodies. Whatever the reason, the network of educators, mentors, and adoptive families in the village provides an environment for these teens to grow into thriving and compassionate adults.

Though there are countless benefits for the teens that grow up in this setting, one drawback is that they have less access to native English speakers than they would have if they lived in urban Israeli environments. This is the first time that an organized group of English-speaking Jews have been brought in to address this issue. We are looking for adventurous and socially conscious Jews from the Anglosphere who are not only interested in teaching English, but in leading informal education activities, and in serving as close mentors and role models for their students.


The youth village is a product of the Jewish commitment to tikkun olam, and embodies the cliché but truthful maxim that "it takes a village to raise a child". The 10 months of the program will be highly challenging, but also profound. Those who work in a youth village tend to reflect on it as a transformative life experience.

A wide range of skills are useful in a youth village setting, so those with one or more of the following interests or attributes are encouraged to apply:

• Interest in social work, counseling or mentoring teens
• Background in constructive recreational activities like music, sports, dance, art, theatre, cooking, photography, etc.
• Interest in gardening, agriculture and/or animals
• Hebrew ability, as some students in the village have limited English
• European language ability, particularly French and Russian, for new immigrant students

3 Delicious (and Nutritious) Tu B'shvat Recipes You Have to Try

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By Chef Chanah Auerbach, Masa Israel Volunteer Alumna


“A person is like the tree of a field…” – Deuteronomy 20:19



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